California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Sustainable (Green) Building Case Studies

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op

Location: 4765 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach, CA
Type of building: Public Facility
Size (Sq. ft.): 12,900
New construction of an organic food cooperative
Date completed: July 2002
Cost: $2,000,000
Owner: Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op
Designed By: Hanna Gabriel Wells

Sustainable Building Strategies:

Energy efficient technologies enabled the building to receive a San Diego Gas & Electric Cash Award.

  • Photovoltaic cells to provide 50% of building-s power needs
  • Passive heating/cooling system to eliminate the need for air conditioning
  • Double paned glass
  • Double insulated coolers
  • Operable skylights
  • Daylighting with timer operated fluorescent lights

Additional features include nontoxic materials such as all-natural linoleum flooring, low or no VOC emitting paints to improve the indoor air quality and recycled content, reused, and sustainably harvested building materials.

Contact Information: Nancy Casady, General Manager, (619) 224-1387

Web Site

Last updated: August 22, 2014
Green Building http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/GreenBuilding/
Greg Dick: Gregory.Dick@calrecycle.ca.gov  (916) 341-6489